Sunday, January 5, 2014

Full Circle - Leo and Lydia

Every once in a while we get a full circle happy ending. Little Leo, a Japanese Chin/ Maltese puppy was rescued back in May. During our recent rescue we brought his Mom to freedom. Leo is a Texan now, but it just does the heart good to know that his Mom (we named her Lydia) will now experience the freedom that he has always known. One generation saved. This is why we do what we do at National Mill Dog Rescue! 

Leo's mom, Lydia


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Don't Let Your Dog Become A "Lost Dog"

We hear about it happening all the time... but we don’t think it will happen to us. Until the unexpected happens, and we’re posting “Lost Dog” signs all over town.

Taking simple, proactive measures to keep your dog safely at home can make all the difference between peace of mind and heartache. From severe weather to holiday guests, this time of year poses many opportunities for your dog to get lost. With severe weather gripping much of the country, this is the time to be extra vigilant.


- Take the time to thoroughly inspect your fencing and gates. Many dogs are lost due to being off leash and turned loose in a yard where these are damaged or inadequate. Make sure your fence and gate are sturdy, that the gate latches completely and securely, and that there are no holes that only your dog knows about.

- Even a very small hole in or under a fence can quickly become a big one to a dog who’s bored or frightened.

- It’s not unusual for high winds to topple a fence or blow gates open. If soil near your gate has shifted and settled, your gate may easily open on its own.

- Make sure the gate latch cannot be opened by your dog.

- Consider purchasing a padlock for your gate, and padlock it from the inside; many dogs are stolen from yards with unlocked gates... sadly, this is a growing problem.

- During heavy snow storms, watch for snow drifts which could give your dog easy access over the fence.


- Please be cautious of dogs who may dash through doors leading outside. Even the calmest dog may dart out if frightened by unknown guests or loud noises. The holidays often bring guests who don't know that a dog may bolt... please take time to educate them to be aware.

- If feasible, install a dog gate near the front door to provide a safety zone... an “airlock” of sorts. Your dog will be securely confined behind the gate, and you can safely open the front door without fear of him or her dashing through it.


- Collar & Tag: A collar and tag with YOUR contact phone numbers on it are a must. Make sure your information is current if you’ve recently moved or changed phone numbers. If your dog is frightened by the noise the tags make on the water bowl, use a tag cover or wrap them in masking tape.

- Microchip: Microchipping significantly increases the chances of your dog being returned to you if lost. It is a small investment that can pay off big. Once again, be sure your information on file with the microchip company is current.

- Photos: Keep a current photo of your dog handy so you can access it quickly in the event your dog is lost. You will need it for posting on flyers and websites.

All of us at National Mill Dog Rescue wish you safe and happy holidays!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Coins for the Canines

Reportedly, there are over $10 billion U.S. coins currently gathering dust as spare change in piggy banks and old cookie tins in homes all across America. If you’re like us, they clutter our cars, lie around on our counters, weigh down our purses, and hide in our sofas.

You can make a difference by participating in "Coins for the Canines". Through Dec 23rd we would like you to collect your change. Pennies add up and there’s power in numbers.

Our ability to rescue more dogs is always limited by finances. Please click on the image below (it will open in a new window), save it, print it, and adhere it to a jar or container. Place the container in a visible location. If you wish, create multiple jars for home, your workplace, etc. Take a photo of your jar and send it to us for our 'Coins for the Canines' photo album!

On December 23, we will have a Count Your Coins post and ask you to post your change totals. Whether it’s $1, $10, or more – all those pennies will add up and there’s power in our numbers.

Sound silly? Let’s look at some facts:
  • It costs $10 to feed every dog at our facility each week.
  • With around 100 dogs, that totals about $4,000 a month in food alone.
  • Full initial veterinary care ON AVERAGE costs $300/dog.
  • If every fan (30,000) collected only $1 during these 23 days = $30,000
  • If half the fans (15,000) collected $3 during these 23 days = $45,000

Thank you for thinking of the dogs!

FYI: Because we obviously can't collect change across the world, when you have counted your change, you can then deposit it and donate the equivalent through our Donate link here:

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lovable Lotto

Lovable LOTTO won his name quite by chance during a rescue earlier this year.  When our rescue team stopped for lunch, they were told of an unwanted German Shepherd who had been living in a cage, out in the elements for more than a year.  This sweet, handsome boy became an “Angel Dog” (one whose rescue was not planned in advance, but who was found along the way).  He was soon on his way to Colorado… to friendship, compassion and a new life.

Lotto loves to be with people – any people – and he loves kids!  His foster family says he will make a wonderful companion and family member.  He’s a bit pushy with other dogs but loves to play.  And let’s not forget belly rubs... oh, how he enjoys them!  Lotto is quite smart; he now knows several commands, walks well on leash, love car rides, and is mostly housebroken (he would do great with a doggie door).

This beautiful guy would be just fine as an only dog, as long as he was not left alone for more than 4 hours a day. Lotto will need a confident and experienced large-breed dog owner, and would not do well in a home with small dogs, cats, or other small pets.

Read more about Lotto

Learn about adopting from National Mill Dog Rescue

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A First Time Rescuer's Story

Spencer recently joined our rescue team and she wrote the following story about her experience rescuing puppy mill dogs with National Mill Dog Rescue for the first time.

Spencer with puppy mill survivor, Whitney
"It's been a long three days and I am so happy to be home! 86 dogs were rescued this weekend and I can't believe I was there to witness it first hand. I was honored to be part of a team of 6 incredibly smart and caring women that continuously showed me that there are really great people in this world. I've been asked several times if my experience was what I expected, I'm not sure anything in the world can prepare you for a puppy mill. The condition, the smell, the faces are all something I will never forget but what I will wrestle with everyday is the “breeders”. One in particular greeted us with a huge cheerful welcome which surprised me. As I watched him bring out each dog with little regard for their comfort or dignity and plop them into the arms of our rescuers it was very difficult to understand his point of view. One of this breeders employees mentioned that he had a 3 or 4 yr old Golden Retriever that did not want to breed anymore and was willing to turn over to National Mill Dog Rescue. My ears immediately perked up and the thought of leaving her with this man made me sick. With limited room on board it was a stretch but as always, Theresa made it happen. The man brought her out, she was so scared and stayed flat on the ground. Later that night as we serviced the dogs, I stayed with the Golden and watched her frantically run around the yard, ignoring my gaze and avoiding my touch. Eventually she would come over and stand somewhat close to me, then she would lay down beside me. By the end of the evening she would rolled over on her back accepting belly rubs. As I loaded her back into her kennel I noticed my hands were black just from patting her. Her temporary name is Whitney until she finds her forever home.

I hope and pray like so many others that one day rescues like this one won't be needed and that every animal will be treated with kindness and that everyone human will understand why.

I can't thank Theresa Strader of National Mill Dog Rescue enough for making this happen."

Spencer is a 23 year old communications major at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  After college she plans to get involved in non-profit, specifically animal rescue.  Spencer has 5 dogs: Willie, a Black Lab/Spaniel mix, Delaney, Sadie, Scout and Bryn Butter who are Golden Retrievers, and the most recent addition to her family, a Brittany Spaniel named Hunter, her first attempt at fostering - she failed of course!  Spencer said she has grown up with dogs and can't imagine life without them.  She is currently fostering a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier named Chloe.

Learn more about National Mill Dog Rescue by visiting our website and following us on facebook.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Effie Mae Needs Long Term Medical Care

Poor little Effie Mae has had a very rough life, but she is a fighter to have made it this far!  Please help provide the funding to support Effie's ongoing medical care.

The vet estimates Effie Mae's age to be approximately 13 years. That's a very long time for such a little Chihuahua to have survived under the circumstances she endured. Now she will require ongoing medical care. She is currently being tested for Addison's and will require a liver biopsy to rule out issues found in her bloodwork. The costs of follow-up visits to the vet for regular monitoring and testing, plus daily medications will mount quickly. We're asking for your help in making sure Effie Mae has the best chance possible to be happy and comfortable for the rest of her days.

One of our greatest prides at National Mill Dog Rescue is giving every dog we rescue the very best chance possible for a happy and healthy life and our fans play a huge role in making that happen. Please consider a donation of whatever is feasible for you to help Effie Mae. We will keep you updated regularly on her progress.

Please CLICK HERE to donate!

Donations can also be mailed to:
Effie Mae Fund
c/o National Mill Dog Rescue
PO Box 88468
Colorado Springs, CO 80908
(payable to NMDR)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Two Heroes - A Veterans Day Story

As our Nation takes the time to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who defend our freedoms this Veterans Day, puppy mill survivor, Miss Muffet, would like to tell you about two heroes from the Greatest Generation.

Please enjoy Miss Muffet's story and pictures below:

Miss Muffet was saved from a puppy mill in May 2013.
She is shown here with the medals of Bill Walthers.

"Recently, along with my new forever dad, I flew to South Prairie, Washington to personally attend a 90th birthday party for my dad's twin brothers who fought in World War II.  William and Robert Walthers, born in 1923, served our country during World War ll.  One brother, a pilot flew bombing missions over Europe while the other brother served as a right gunner in the Pacific.

Prior to WWII, William Walthers spent 1,000 hours flying B-17s which led him to become one of the youngest Squadron Leaders during the war.  William piloted 30 bombing missions in Europe and participated in the liberation of Paris.  While William was in Europe, Robert was stationed on Tinian Island and completed 6 missions as a right gunner.  Robert also witnessed the Enola Gay before it left for its mission to Hiroshima.  After WWII, William went on to serve in the Korean war where he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross medal.

As much as these twin brothers love their country, they love dogs even more and were thrilled to welcome me into their family.  And I'm thrilled they are my uncles!   My dad is their baby brother, Paul, age 82.  

Uncle Bill and Uncle Bob would like to spread the word about the horrors of puppy mills so one day all the dogs living in puppy mills are liberated and able to live in homes as the free and the brave.  Please be sure to share their story so more people know to always adopt and never buy a dog from a pet store.  Thank you!"

Love, Miss Muffet

Miss Muffet with Uncle Bob (left) and Uncle Bill (right)

Uncle Bill (left) with a rescue dog.
Miss Muffet with Uncle Bob Walthers

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Five Dogs Need Medical Attention

With your support, life-saving decisions can be made for 5 of our special needs dogs: McGee, Lilah, Cassidy, Dutchess and Tiffy. Please read their stories below and donate if you can.

Typically, fundraisers such as this one are put together to financially support the special needs of one particular dog, but today, we're writing with a unique request. This request for support is not for one dog with an extreme need but for five dogs with a variety of special needs. There is never a time that we aren't dealing with multiple dogs with significant health issues. Rather than one larger veterinary bill for a dog with an extreme need, collectively the expense of caring for several dogs with special needs can be a just as significant a financial burden, often times more, as their care may go on for many months or maybe even forever. That said, we wanted to share with you the stories of five of our current special needs dogs and ask for your support in helping us with their current and on-going medical needs.

Your support truly does help us save dogs who would otherwise have no chance. We then get to see, touch and play with the results of these life-saving efforts. We then get to witness these once hopeless dogs go to their permanent loving homes and we cannot put into words the tremendous reward that is! Thank you for caring from near and far and for trusting us to follow through on the decisions we make together to restore and improve the quality of life for our rescued dogs.

"As ever, our gratitude cannot be measured and although many of you are not physically here with us, you are indeed making a lasting difference for our dogs. I would love to thank each one of you personally." ~ Theresa Strader

Hopalong Cassidy is a gorgeous 3 month old Standard Poodle puppy. When Cassidy was turned over to us, we noticed that his hind legs were wobbly and he had occasional incontinence. He has been x-rayed and evaluated by Dr. Bauer, a canine orthopedic surgeon who referred us to Dr. Lane, a canine neurologist. Dr. Lane diagnosed Cassidy with a congenital defect of his spinal cord resulting in poor nerve conduction to his hind end. His condition is inoperable but Dr. Lane said, "Cassidy is who he will always be and that¹s just fine because he is a comfortable, beautiful, happy dog." According to his foster mom, Cassidy is the smartest and sweetest puppy ever. He gets around very well and loves everything about life, especially freedom! He learns very quickly and lives for attention from his foster family.

Dutchess came to us in far worse condition that we could see with our eyes. She has a large growth on her throat and when we took her in to the vet to have the growth evaluated, it was discovered through bloodwork that the growth was the least of her problems. Dutchess had virtually no platelets and was also in liver failure. She's had an ultrasound and liver biopsy and she is now on several medications and has regular rechecks of her bloodwork. For a fragile little girl, she has the happiest and kindest temperament. Dutchess is in a wonderful foster home and her foster mom cannot say enough about how sweet and happy she is. She is just one of those little miracle dogs, we don't really know how she is alive! She will have to be on medication for the rest of her life and her liver and bloodwork will have to be closely monitored as well.

Tiffy is a little Poodle girl who came to us so frightened she just curled up in a ball and shook. Because she was so scared, we quickly found her a foster home and as she relaxed and started moving around, her foster mom discovered that there was something seriously wrong with her right front leg. Tiffy went in for x-rays and evaluation and it was discovered that her right elbow joint is completely twisted and dislocated. The films were sent to Dr. Bauer, a wonderful canine orthopedic surgeon in Colorado Springs. He felt the injury was old and untreated and although he said he could attempt to correct it surgically, he isn't very hopeful for success because of the age of the injury. The only other option is amputation. In her foster home, Tiffy has gained much confidence, mobility and joy so we are currently weighing the treatment options, with her long term comfort as our greatest guiding factor.

Lilah is a 5 month old teacup Poodle who currently weighs in at one and a half pounds! She is teeny tiny and has been through so much in her short life. When Lilah was just two days old, her mama dog attacked her and nearly "ripped her in half" according to the breeder. Lilah has a large soft spot on the top of her head - perhaps the mother dog sensed there was a problem. Whatever the case, Lilah had to be sewn up and hand fed for months. She is the truest definition of a survivor! The attack left her with a very dysfunctional hind leg so she has a very unusual gait. She too, has been evaluated by our orthopedic vet but because she is still so tiny, we will have to wait and see how she progresses before we are able to make any decisions about surgery.

McGee's story is such a heartbreaker. As you know, NMDR travels great distances to rescue our dogs. We make many friends as we travel around the country, people with a great interest in the welfare of animals. McGee comes to us by way of one of these special rescue friends. McGee was found in the ditch alongside Interstate 44 in southern Missouri. He was matted beyond knowing his head from his tail and every iota of his body was covered in fleas and ticks. He was either dumped where he was found or that's as far as he could go before he collapsed. Whatever the case, he was found and taken to a small nearby shelter. The first order was to shave him down, relieving him of the incredible discomfort caused by the severe matting that covered his entire body. Not only did this reveal the thousands of fleas and ticks but to their great shock and grief, his rescuers discovered that McGee's hind legs had been tied together with a wire! When they removed the wire and set him down, they noticed that his right hip was disfigured and he could hardly bear any weight on that leg. On top of all of that, McGee is also heartworm positive! All of this and McGee is only about 4 years old! Poor McGee! One can only imagine how he has suffered at the hands of mankind! With no funding to treat his physical problems and zero hope of finding McGee a home who could provide the care he needed, there were only two choices. Put McGee to sleep or reach out to rescue friends. Witnessing his indomitable spirit, looking into his beautiful, forgiving eyes, there was no question. McGee's life would be spared and his horrific past would not be in vain. NMDR enthusiastically accepted McGee into our care and piece by piece, he is receiving the care he needs to become healthy and whole. He has already been neutered and had a very complicated dental as many of his teeth were fractured. He has had Phase 1 of heartworm treatment and his hip x-rays reveal some sort of crushing injury. One thing at a time for McGee right now but know that he is in loving hands and we are fully committed to making him healthy and pain free. McGee loves to give up his belly for rubs with everyone who visits him and his tail never stops wagging. Hard to understand how, but Mc Gee is one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet. In my lifetime, dogs have taught me much about so many things, but nothing greater than forgiveness.

Each of these five dogs have already had extensive specialized medical care and they will all face additional treatment in the coming weeks and months. Although we spend the greatest amount of money on our special needs veterinary bills, the adoption fee for these dogs is greatly reduced in an effort to be fair and encourage people to adopt these wonderful dogs. A donation to our current “special needs fund" would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you so much! 
Donations can be made via our special fundraising site at this link:

Donations can also be mailed to:
Special Needs Dogs
c/o National Mill Dog Rescue
PO Box 88468
Colorado Springs, CO 80908
(payable to NMDR)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Black Dog Syndrome Begins at the Puppy Mill

There's an unfortunate phenomena in the dog rescue/shelter world called Black Dog Syndrome. According to many shelter studies, black dogs are challenging to get adopted and are more likely to be euthanized in a kill shelter facility.

National Mill Dog Rescue has recently become aware of a new twist to this syndrome - the unfortunate reality for many black puppies born in puppy mills. Apparently, it's becoming more and more common for the pet stores to refuse black puppies because they are more difficult to sell to the public. Since the pet stores won't order them, the puppy brokers refuse to purchase black puppies from the puppy mills.

We are learning that it is becoming common for some breeders to automatically kill any black puppies born at their facility.  According to current commercial breeding standards, breeders can dispose of their unwanted 'livestock'.
Here at National Mill Dog Rescue it doesn't matter if a dog is young or old, healthy or sick, black or white. Every dog we are able to rescue deserves a chance at a life outside of the cage.  

Your donations allow us to make these decisions for every dog regardless of their health, breed, age, or COLOR. We can only rescue as many dogs as our funding will allow.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

CJ and Bugsy, NMDR Ambassadors

At National Mill Dog Rescue, we are very proud of our youth volunteers, for they are the future of educating the public about puppy mills.  CJ, one of our youth volunteers, has ADHD and during the summer months he attended group therapy once a week.  His last session was "Bring Your Pet to Group Day" and CJ chose to take Bugsy, the puppy mill survivor his family adopted from National Mill Dog Rescue. CJ  was really excited to share Bugsy with his new group of friends and tell them all about puppy mills. 
CJ's mom provided the following update:

"CJ talked to a group of 10 children and adults about Bugsy.  He explained where Bugsy came from and he talked about puppy mills, how the dogs are treated, and how they are made to have babies for pet stores.  He then showed everyone National Mill Dog Rescue's website and talked about how NMDR rescues dogs from the mills, brings them back to the kennel and explained how they then there get fresh water, good food, soft beds, toys, blankets and love for the first time in their lives. He also shared that he has been volunteering sometimes on Saturday mornings a he really loves the chance to help the dogs. I am so proud of him!  If only one person in that room heard  what he said, I consider that a success."

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Working with Porter

The following account was written by one of our volunteers, Sheila Mullis.

"Porter was rescued from a puppy mill where he had spent his entire life.  Porter was never socialized or loved, and he is an insecure, timid dog, who bites.  Porter is in the Rehab Program, and he is my assigned dog.  Our session started with carefully putting a leash on him... a task, since he wouldn't let me touch him without trying to bite.  He leads very well for a pup new to the whole idea.  I lead him out of the kennel and began by walking him to a secure outdoor area.  This was the first time he had been outside since his arrival... maybe in his whole life!  We would walk a bit, then I would stand beside him, bend down, say 'touch' and starting at his back pet him, working forward. I started using the word 'touch' so he knows what to expect.  By the end of the hour, we had been all around out front and into the socialization area, where we took a break to relax on the couch. He also let me pick him up, which is a huge show of trust for him.  To end the session, I lead him back into the kennel and rubbed his shoulders while removing the leash.  We ended on a positive note.   Before leaving for the day, I visited him and got a nose touch on my hand... I think he likes me!"

Not only does Sheila work on the rehab team, she is also a docent, fosters dogs, manages our Available Dogs facebook page, and is one of our amazing photographers.  We're hoping she'll provide us another update about Porter the next time she works with him.  Click here to follow Sheila's blog.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Henry's Story - 25 Days of Freedom

It's not always about National Mill Dog Rescue; there are many other amazing people and organizations in the world who rescue animals.  The following is about a rescuer named Patrick, and like others he gives of himself expecting nothing in return, choosing selflessness over selfishness.  Unfortunately, sometimes animal rescue stories don't have the happiest endings.
"In July 2013, Patrick, a dog-loving big rig driver from Texas learned of a horrific puppy mill a couple of hours from his home. The mill predominantly produces Australian Shepherds, the breed Patrick has known and loved for many years. He knew he wanted to do something to help these dogs, something that would give them a chance for a hopeful, healing future. Patrick did his homework, he worked tirelessly to try to find the most promising solutions. He ran into obstacles but he didn't get discouraged, he persevered. In early August, after learning all about what we do, Patrick contacted NMDR asking for guidance, encouragement and perhaps even a safe haven to house some of the Aussies, should he be able to spring them free. In every way, Patrick has done an amazing job becoming the voice of the dogs on that property and he has singlehandedly rescued 17 of them, with just a handful more to go. We are so proud of his efforts and have made a lifelong rescue friend. This video is the story of one of the dogs that Patrick rescued and although the ending is so terribly sad, I am so grateful that Henry knew 25 days of love and freedom."  ~ Theresa Strader, NMDR founder

Monday, September 23, 2013

Seri Needs Heart Surgery

Born in a puppy mill and then rejected because of a heart murmur, Seri was lucky to end up in the hands of National Mill Dog Rescue. Seri needs heart surgery immediately.

Our rescue team saved 3 month old Seri from a puppy mill just a couple weeks ago.  She couldn't be sold to a pet store because of a strong heart murmur and was to be euthanized.  We immediately took her for a medical evaluation and she was found to have a PDA - Patent Ductus Arteriosus.  This condition is totally operable. Typically the cardiologist can fix this and the dog has one follow up visit and never needs to be seen again – Seri will go on to live a normal life!  But first she must immediately undergo surgery and we're asking for your help.

The surgery will take place on Tues, Sept 24th at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Ft Collins, Colorado.

One of our greatest prides at National Mill Dog Rescue is giving every dog we rescue the very best chance possible for a happy and healthy life and our fans play a huge role in making that happen. Please consider a donation of whatever is feasible for you to help Seri. We will keep you updated regularly on her progress.

Naturally, this is a huge surgery with all the typical associated risks. Please do keep healing thoughts around Seri. Many thanks to our fans who are always here with us in spirit and whose support allows us to make life-saving decisions for our dogs.

UPDATE! Seri's surgery was successful.  After a few days in the hospital she was ready to go back to her foster home and her foster family decided to immediately adopt her!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I Rescued a Human Today

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. 
I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. 
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. 
I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. 
Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. 
I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. 
I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. 
Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. 
A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. 
So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. 
So many more to be saved. 
At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.

 by Janine Allen

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sookie Banana - A HERO!

"Sometimes we as humans can rescue dogs, but dogs like Sookie Banana prove that dogs can rescue us as well!"

In September of 2010 we saved Sookie Banana (then Shelly) from a puppy mill in Missouri.  This summer, Sookie Banana became a hero in her own right!

Sookie Banana’s family had a friend visit from California this summer.  When the friend woke up one night to use the restroom, she started to have a full-blown seizure.  Sookie Banana was sleeping on the bed with her family when this started.  When Banana started barking uncontrollably and running back and forth from the bathroom to the bedroom, her mom knew she needed to find out what was happening.  She followed Banana cautiously into the bathroom and found her friend seizing.  She immediately called paramedics who took her friend to the hospital and saved her life.

If Sookie Banana had not been so persistent, this story could have ended in tragedy.  Sometimes we as humans can rescue dogs, but dogs like Sookie Banana prove that dogs can rescue us as well!


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Roxy is FREE!

We often receive updates after our dogs are adopted.  The following update came with a fabulous photo - enjoy!

"Roxy (previously Giggles) is doing great. She has settled in nicely and seems happy with life. She is learning lots of new things every day. We are working on house-training and some obedience training every day, she is doing her best and is coming on great. Molly (our older dog) is showing her the ropes. Roxy has already made friends with all the neighbors in the street and is slowly getting to know the dogs. One of her favorite things to do is walk the boys to the school bus each morning and greet all the kids one by one. She has worked her way into more than our hearts. She is such a sweetie and we feel blessed to have her. Thank you for rescuing her. I hope you enjoy this photo of Roxy doing another of her favorite things – being free!!"

Roxy is free!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fish (aka Smiley)

We rescued Fish 2 years ago from a puppy mill in Oklahoma.  He was born with a reverse bite, much like a bulldog, so the puppy mill didn't want him.  That made him smile!  His mom, Danielle, a National Mill Dog Rescue volunteer saw him one day at the kennel "smiling so big" that she decided to foster him.  Danielle quickly became a "foster failure" and Fish hasn't quit smiling since!

Fish has a new facebook page to help promote puppy mill awareness.  Please pay him a visit by clicking this link:

Fish with his Uncle at Bark at Briargate, Colorado Springs.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Leroy, Becoming a New Dog!

The following was written and photographed by Shelia Mullis, one of our talented volunteers.  Be sure to subscribe to Sheila's blog at: and follow the adventures of her rescue dogs at: 

Once a newly rescued pup arrives at Lily's Haven, the National Mill Dog Rescue headquarters, the next step is the intake process.  Intake is a big day for the dogs and volunteers.  At intake, each dog gets their very own name, official photo, vet care and necessary grooming.  I followed an Ori Pei, who is now named Leroy, thru this process. This was part of the Lola Legacy Rescue, so all the volunteers were dressed in their finest 'sparkly' outfits in honor of Lola.

 First the volunteer selects a dog to take through the process.

They spend some time with the dog until it is their turn.

Each dog is carried thru the kennel area to keep the others calm.

 At the 'naming' area, the volunteer waits their turn and uses that time to decide on a name for their pup.

The pups wait too.

Leroy got a little nosey to see his new paperwork.

Then it's off to have their official intake photo taken.

Then off to the grooming area to have their nails checked...

...and any unwanted passengers, like ticks, removed.

 Then off to a nice bath, if needed.

Leroy was not excited about this...

...apparently Ori Pei's don't like water...

 ...or silly men!

 After a lovely bath, it's into the staging line for vetting.

This can be a scary experience for a pup who never had vet care before.

 Oh wait, what's that!!  Their temperature is taken.  Leroy is a good 100.4

 Their weight is taken.  Leroy is 31.4lbs

They are given de-wormer.

Vaccinations and a check for heart worms.

 Have their teeth checked.  Leroy is less than 2 years old, so luckily his teeth are still in good shape.

And get a dose of Frontline to fight off those pesky critters.

Once that is done, it's back to their new rooms at Lily's Haven (the NMDR kennel) to await their forever families!

Leroy wasn't exactly happy to have his new friend leave... even if he was silly.

The above was written and photographed by Shelia Mullis, one of our talented volunteers.  Be sure to subscribe to Sheila's blog at: and follow the adventures of her rescue dogs at:  Besides being a volunteer photographer, Sheila is also a foster parent, as well as a member of the cleaning and docent teams here at National Mill Dog Rescue.